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Virginia Marion Photographs, 1944-1945

By Chris Petersen

Collection Overview

Title: Virginia Marion Photographs, 1944-1945

ID: P 318

Primary Creator: Marion, Virginia (1925-)

Extent: 0.02 cubic feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 00/00/2016

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Virginia Marion Photographs depict the membership, activities and living quarters of Sigma Kappa sorority at Oregon State College in the mid-1940s. Virginia Marion was a Sigma Kappa member who attended OSC from 1943-1947, graduating with a degree in Home Economics.

Scope and Content Notes

The Virginia Marion Photographs consist of ten black and white images of Sigma Kappa sorority members, various sorority activities, and the Sigma Kappa house. Included in the photographs are scenes from a house dance, students wearing costumes for Sadie Hawkins Day, sorority pledges in formal dress on Initiation Day, and candid images of Sigma Kappa sisters riding bicycles, studying, and styling their hair. Likewise included are two photos of the Sigma Kappa chapter house in Corvallis, Oregon. Virginia Marion is identified in two of the photographs. All of the prints are annotated by Marion.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Virginia (Wright) Marion was born in Portland, Oregon in 1925 and raised in Tigard, Oregon. She attended Oregon State College from 1943-1947, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Home Economics. Wright was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and Kappa Kappa Alpha art honor society during her years at OSC.

Author: Chris Petersen

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 10 photographs; 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The photographs were donated by Virginia Marion to the Special Collections and Archives Research Center in 2016.

Related Materials: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center holds multiple photograph collections that place a primary emphasis on fraternity and sorority life at Oregon State. Among these are the Fraternities and Sororities Photograph Collection (P 034), the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority Photographs (P 277), the Clifford L. Smith Photograph Collection (P 037), the Smith-Western Company Photographs of Oregon State College (P 164), and the Herbert A. Schell Photograph Collection (P 282).

Preferred Citation: Virginia Marion Photographs (P 318), Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Oregon State University Libraries.


Marion, Virginia (1925-)

People, Places, and Topics

Greek letter societies--Oregon--Corvallis.
Sigma Kappa Sorority. Upsilon Chapter (Oregon State College)
University History

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

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